Where does this leave Tarvaris Jackson? Today the news broke from Pete Carroll that Matt Flynn would indeed start the second preseason game. Russell Wilson would play the second half again, just like last week. One game into the preseason, Jackson has yet to see any playing time against a team other than his own. The QB controversy in Seattle has all but been narrowed down to one.
Jason LaCafora tweeted earlier today.
“Barring a Seattle QB getting hurt this week, look for Tarvaris Jackson to be shopped. Also wouldn’t rule out Cards adding a QB before season”
Pete Carroll has stressed since the rookie minicamp that there is going to be a three-way QB battle. Coming into training camp, Carroll delivered on that promise and split the days each QB got to work with the first team. Jackson took the first day, Flynn took the next day, and Wilson followed there after. Continuing this cycle, each QB has gotten in valuable time with the first string offense. Up until this point, there wasn’t any indications that Carroll, or any QB knew who was going to be the starter.
Jackson is due 4 million this year if he is still with the Seahawks. The options are still relatively simple at this point. Jackson can be, kept, traded, or released. With Matt Flynn stepping up huge in the first preseason game, and Wilson simply amazing the 12th man, the focus has been on those two guys. Flynn completed his first eight passes, his ninth was an interception. He finished out the game going 11/13 for 71 yards. Wilson finished out 12/16 124 yards. Each QB threw a pick, and Wilson added 2 TD’s( one passing, one rushing). While the numbers really aren’t astounding themselves, the performances were. Both were extremely quick to throw the ball, but not too quick. Both were very smart about where they placed the ball most of the time.
In game two, versus the Broncos, Pete Carroll has announced the same lineup that previously happened. Flynn will start and Wilson will finish. Jackson will see little, if any, playing time at all. Carroll says he is going off of what Jackson has shown the Seahawks before now, and that Flynn and Wilson need more analysis. Carroll is again stressing that this is a three QB competition, and that Jackson is still very much in the battle. Let the competition play out and we shall see, but it looks like we have already figured out who is going to start for the Seahawks.